Sarah Ford | October 12, 2013

Develop Minds & Deliver Dreams

Read about TMCF’s 27th Awards Gala: Developing Minds and Delivering Dreams By Empowering High-Achieving Students to Overcome Barriers. Click here.

Opportunity for companies or government agencies to increase visibility & greater recognition among a diverse group of talent, along with access to a talented, well-educated group of future leaders:

25th Annual Awards Gala

The Awards Gala – themed “Developing Minds … Delivering Dreams” – celebrates the achievements of the country’s foremost visionaries who have used their status to positively impact the lives of students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs.) The lavish ballroom at the historic Hilton Washington, will provide the ideal backdrop to host congressional members, international dignitaries, corporate and educational leaders, and celebrity “A-Listers”. Proceeds from the event enable TMCF to continue its work as a critical link between students getting the most from their education and the opportunity to become a part of a new generation of global leaders.The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is proud to announce its Annual Awards Gala is moving to the nation’s capital this year and will be held on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, 2013. This black-tie gala will be hosted by Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actor, Dr. Bill Cosby and feature an unforgettable performance by Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainer, Ms. Jennifer Holliday.

“This year’s 25th Gala is perhaps our most important ever because of the unprecedented challenges facing students attending HBCUs. The college access battle is no longer a legal one; it is a purely financial one. For this reason, TMCF is gathering the nation’s most influential people on November 11th in our nation’s capitol to celebrate HBCUs and raise money for their students, said TMCF’s President and CEO, Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. “We believe that Dr. Bill Cosby’s lifetime body of work involving educational activism makes him a uniquely ideal host for the evening.”

For the first time ever, the following Congressional members have agreed to serve as the Gala’s bi-partisan Honorary Host Committee: Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Angus S. King, Jr. (I-ME), Mark L. Pryor (D-AR) and Roger F. Wicker (R-MS). In addition to this amazing Honorary Host Committee, Dr. Bill Cosby, and the original “Dreamgirl,” Ms. Jennifer Holliday, we have already confirmed Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, the first daughter of the Duke of Marlborough and NFL Washington Redskins All-Star running back, Alfred Morris will be celebrating the night with us. Other special guests are being confirmed and will be announced at a later date.

2013 Award Recipients:

Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The ACT•1 Group presented with the CEO of the Year Award; Johnson & Johnson presented with the Corporate Leadership Award; Larry Waters, Senior Director of Community Commerce and Partnerships, Miller Coors presented with the Community Leader of the Year Award; and Wayne D. Watson, Ph.D., President, Chicago State University presented with the Educational Leadership Award.

TMCF’s 13th Annual Leadership Institute

The Gala is also the culminating event of TMCF’s 13th Annual Leadership Institute being held, November 8–11, 2013, at the Hilton Washington. Over 60 Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, as well as 500 selected HBCU students are will be in attendance.

TMCF has proudly made Washington, DC it’s new flagship home, moving the corporate office from New York City. Moving the office and the largest fundraising event of the year to DC will better position TMCF as the place WHERE EDUCATION PAYS OFF®.



Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. TMCF also efficiently connects high performing, world-ready students with top tier employment opportunities —access that students or employers might not have on their own. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow.

TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit

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